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The Warriors May Have It Good Next Season
It may seem like one of the smallest moves in one of the most tumultuous summers in NBA history – but the Warriors may have just done something really good. They recently announced the signing of PF Marquese Chriss, who was a free agent after a short stint with the Cavaliers last season.
You’re probably thinking: “why do we care about Marquese Chriss? The Warriors are trash without KD (free agency) and Klay (injury).” You wouldn’t be TOO wrong, but the Marquese Chriss signing means something bigger for the Warriors.
Fostering young players and establishing depth, two things the Warriors do VERY well.
The Warriors are one of the best teams in the league when it comes to be able to plug underdeveloped talent into a system which makes them thrive. We saw it with Shaun Livingston and Andrew Bogut, two veteran players who may not have had the same longevity of career on another roster (think of Bogut in Cleveland…). We also saw this with guys like Kevon Looney and Jordan Bell, two bigs who were slept on out of college but have had solid starts to their careers as members of the Warriors. Chriss will be the next guy in the Warriors system to do this, and his numbers will hopefully boost.
Chriss also offers the depth that the Warriors are trying to recover after losing big pieces like Shaun Livingston (retirement) and Andre Iguodala (Grizzlies) this off season. While guys like Alfonso McKinnie, Jordan Poole, and Alec Burks will handle the backcourt, Chriss will finish off a new backup frontcourt centering around returning big man Kevon Looney and Omari Spellman. With Chriss in the lineup, the Warriors maintain some athletic depth with young guys who will act as perfect cogs in their system.